Former Major League closer Rod Beck has passed away today at the age of 38 in Phoenix. The cause of death is not known at this time.Originally drafted by the A’s, Beck made his MLB debut with the San Francisco Giants in 1991 where he pitched until the 1997 season. He signed with the Cubs in 1998 and played there until 1999 when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He pitched in Boston thru the 2001 season. After the season, he had Tommy John Surgery and was out of baseball until 2003, when he came back with the San Diego Padres. He pitched in San Diego until the 2004 season when he was released in August. He had been out of baseball since.

My condolences go out to Beck’s friends and family.